Kinetic Energy Crystallised In Time

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  • Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    Some images are so expressive that time seems to stand still, and nowhere is this more so than in the work of virtuoso fine art photographer Howard Schatz. Schatz’s photography fabulously captures the elegance of the human form, and his Motion Study series gives the grace with which the body can move a uniquely mesmerising dimension. Moments in time are protracted and preserved – crystallised alongside one another in captivating fragments. The effects are spellbinding, as we appreciate the finely tuned abilities of athletes performing at their peak. Here, energy is coiled and then released in an amazing spiral-patterned image of a golfer’s swing.

  • Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    Here gridiron star Tiki Barber’s spinning, dance-like moves make American football look like ballet.

  • Image: Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    Gymnast Sean Townsend’s sweeping trajectory as he swings through 270° is fantastically frozen in time.

  • Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    This dazzling motion image of somebody skipping shows off Schatz’s phenomenal photographic techniques.

  • Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    This image of a dancer is grace and fluidity incarnate – a hologram of perfectly controlled leaping motion.

  • Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    Agility and power spring as one in this breathtaking black and white shot of a basketball player jumping through the air.

  • Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    This pair are something special – a blur of seamlessly smooth and beautiful synchronised movements.

  • Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    In this almost bewildering shot, the wave-like energy of a tennis racket swinging and striking a ball is revealed.

  • Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    The raw force of a sprinter as he moves though space makes for a more staccato but no less striking sense of motion.

  • Image: © Howard Schatz, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

    And finally, soccer star David Beckham is the focus in the steps that precede him sending a rocketing football from his boot.

    Howard Schatz’s acclaimed work is exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. His images have been published in numerous international magazines, among them Time, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Life. He has been featured on the Today Show, Fox Sports Network and the Discovery Channel among others, and his images have been used for various major ad campaigns. Schatz is renowned as a retina specialist as well as a world famous photographer. He lives with his wife in New York.

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Karl Fabricius
Karl Fabricius
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